China Southern SkyPearl Elite Status Match Promotion For SkyTeam Elite Plus Status Until February 2019

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China Southern Airlines marketing department in the U.S. has announced a Status Match promotion for their SkyPearl frequent flyer program which can give you SkyTeam Elite Plus status until 2019.

SkyPearl Eilte Status comes in two versions: Gold (SkyTeam Elite Plus) and Silver (SkyTeam Elite) which both have significant benefits on China Southern itself and of course on alliance partners.

Should you get approved for this Status Match in the China Southern SkyPearl Program  it is an excellent way to secure SkyTeam Elite Plus Status which comes with Lounge Access and many other benefits including additional baggage allowance and preferred seating on China Southern flights .

  • To proceed with this status match you have to either enroll a new account with SkyPearl or use your existing one.
  • After this you send a simple email request to czmarketing@csair.us and include proof of your competing status (I sent a copy of my BA Card and a pdf of my online account)

This promotion is advertised publicly on China Southern’s Facebook account (see here) so it’s completely legitimate.

If you are an elite member of any other airline, you can now enjoy our Elite Benefits as well! Email czmarketing@csair.us to inquire!

So from the flyer above it seems that China Southern pretty much matches any program under the sun and with a very generous expiration date of the trial status (February 2019). This promotion comes from China Southern North America so I’m not sure if you need a North American address. It doesn’t say so but you never know and if you have one at your disposal it can’t hurt to add it to your account. At least until the match application is processed.

Star Alliance Gold, OneWorld Emerald/Saphhire and even competing SkyTeam Elite Plus programs will receive SkyPearl Gold Status that comes with SkyTeam Elite+ which includes lounge access on SkyTeam airlines.

SkyPearl Silver still gives lounge access on China Southern itself for the traveler (no companion) and SkyPriority benefits on partners.

I signed up for a new account, however this requires a verification code by SMS to be sent to your mobile phone. There might be some issues depending in which country your cellphone is registered. My German phone number worked but both my Hong Kong and Thailand number which I tried before did not.

The status match promotion aside I actually like China Southern. They fly many new aircraft especially on long haul routes so if you select carefully you might really have a good experience flying on them. They also offer a good network within China, however the aircraft on domestic flights can be very old at times.

Conclusion

A great way to obtain Elite Plus Status with significant benefits on China Southern as well. I haven’t had SkyTeam status for quite some time after the Alitalia Match ran out, simply due to me preferring Star Alliance and oneWorld. However I occasionally have some Korean Air and China Airlines flights so this will come handy since I need an account to credit these miles to either way.

For those of you flying Delta in the U.S. be aware that Delta does not grant lounge access with a solely domestic ticket even if you have SkyTeam Elite+ Status – international itineraries are ok though.

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  • Thomas van Bracht

    Thanks for posting! Got this form email back. Will update when/if status is updated.

    Dear Valued Customers,
    Your email is well received. Thanks for getting in touch with China Southern Airlines North America marketing dept. We’ll get back to you in 3-5 business days.

    Special notice: Overseas Elite membership status match program is designed for invited customers. We understand you may get the info from families, colleagues or friends, but limited by the quality control we’ll serve our invited customers at the first priority. If you are not in our current list please allow us a little longer time for process. We’ll try our best to serve you as soon as possible.

    CZ Marketing

  • Reinhold

    After submitting you get this rather opqaue message. We shall see how it works out.

    Dear Valued Customers,
    Your email is well received. Thanks for getting in touch with China Southern Airlines North America marketing dept. We’ll get back to you in 3-5 business days.

    Special notice: Overseas Elite membership status match program is designed for invited customers. We understand you may get the info from families, colleagues or friends, but limited by the quality control we’ll serve our invited customers at the first priority. If you are not in our current list please allow us a little longer time for process. We’ll try our best to serve you as soon as possible.

    • Seems like this was originally designed for invited corporate customers before it was published on their Facebook page.

    • colin

      Looks like too many are jumping on the band wagon. I registered using USA online ssms/mobile number and uk email address (might be a mistake using yahoo,co.uk versus yahoo.com). Not too hopeful based on the info coming out now that this was not for all and sundry in USA

  • Joe

    Swiss mobile number worked for the activation code but no more sms afterwards. couldn’t sign in to the account ’cause never received the pin code.
    had to sign-up one more time with different email and a German mobile number.
    That worked fine in the first place.

  • Paul

    U.S. mobile numbering not getting activation code.

  • Michel Picinin

    Hi all! I live in Italy, do you think this promotion is only for US residents? (the address is not requested during the registration in the program, only the mobile phone number)

  • Gaijinsan

    Very nice, hopefully this comes though. The sign up SMS confirmation worked fine with a Japanese number. Wish another OneWorld airline would come back with an easy match as well.

  • Ram M

    This is good if it works but I cannot even apply for the membership:

    1. When I tried to join online, it fails after the verification code. They say they “sended” repeated verification codes to my phone but I never received. I have a Verizon iPhone. Not sure what the issue is:
    2. I tried applying thru their mobile app but it will not allow me to pick my birth date! It appears that it treats leap year calculations wrongly. I cannot pick 28 February, which is my birth date, for a non-leap year on the app! It resets to 27th Feb. I can pick 28 Feb only for a leap year. That will not help me.

  • Laurel Wang

    seems to be gone from their facebook page.

  • Mathieu Boustie

    It seems that French phone number doesn t work neither for account registration!!

  • Paul

    Anyone have confirmation of match?

    • Kevin

      I don’t think anyone except people who got pre-qualified/invited will get status match.

  • Kevin

    Just emailed CS but I got a auto-generated reply that this event is only pre-qualified and invitation only. They want me to send the invitee’s name or acct. manager’s name to verify 🙁

  • Kittichate Visuttijai

    I think it will not be possible now since I got this auto-reply . . .

    Thank you for reaching China Southern Airlines North America Regional Marketing Department, we will reply to you in 3-5 business days.

    Special Note:
    The “Elite Member Matches” project is specifically sent to members who have been pre-qualified. It’s not a public program. We noticed many irresponsible distribution and malicious reproduction of the project, as well as too much forged, altered application materials, China Southern Airlines North America will suspend the application of non-invited members.

    If you are informed by our account manager, please include the name of the invitee or CC your account manager.

    Thank you for your understanding and support.
    Southern China North America Marketing Department

    • Michel Picinin

      Hi Kittichate, have you received this message after sending the request in the email czmarketing@csair.us?
      Tks!
      Michel

  • Sergey Fedorov

    Can’t check with Taiwanese number now (doesn’t work in roaming), Russian number doesn’t get their SMS 🙁